First case of the flu

Public Health Sudbury & Districts is reporting its first confirmed case of influenza A in the City of Greater Sudbury.

"The vaccination window is still open for this year's flu season, so there is plenty of time for residents to get their flu shots and protect themselves and their families", said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

At least 16 people have died so far this year as health authorities embark on a "robust nationwide influenza vaccination drive" to protect the population against the flu virus. The vaccine is particularly recommended for people with medical conditions who are at risk of developing complications from an influenza infection. The flu vaccine provides protection against the strains of flu that are likely to circulate this year, and which may be different from last year.

The best way to protect an infant is to make sure anyone who will have contact with the infant received a flu vaccine and to also limit an infant's exposure to large groups. Frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve can also reduce the spread of influenza. Children can also have mild stomach upset due to influenza.

"Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, a stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness".

The Wichita County Public Health District has seen a reported case of an influenza-associated pediatric death in Wichita County.

For more information about the influenza vaccine, ways to prevent getting sick, as well as how to treat mild symptoms at home, visit or call 705.522.9200, ext.



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